Queenslanders have been commended for their behaviour over the weekend, though we’re being warned that we’re still not close to opening the border.
Queensland Police handed out just 19 infringement notices across the state, in relation to a couple of parties.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski told The Today Show that the majority of us did the right thing.
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“We’re very pleased with how things went over the weekend.
“In all of Queensland we’ve only seen 19 tickets issued for people not doing the right thing.
“So there are still a few out there who aren’t paying attention to the warnings we’re giving, but overall the behaviour of our community was excellent.
“I guess there are some thinking it’s time to relax, it’s definitely not that.
“We’re in a really good space now because of what the community’s done with us. It’s not the time to relax, we’ve got to keep going,” Mr Gollschewski said.
However, despite our efforts in containing the spread, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the ABC it could still be many months before our borders are opened.
“As soon as my Chief Health Officer says that I can relax those restrictions, we absolutely will.
“We want to welcome as many people to the sunshine state as possible where it’s beautiful one day and perfect the next.
“But of course we just cant do that at the moment. We’ll review that at the end of each month and we do know that there’s school holidays approaching as well.
“We know that people want certainty, they want to come to Queensland, it’s a safe place to be, and of course our tourism operators are absolutely looking forward to welcoming people back.
“They have been probably one of the hardest hit sectors, with one in ten jobs in Queensland in the tourism sector,” the Premier said.
The state government reviews the border closure at the end of every month, with the Premier completely reliant on the advice from Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young.
“I have to get the advice of the Chief Health Officer, but I’d say that things would look more positive towards September.
“Having said that I don’t want to rule anything out, I will give you that advice at the end of May as quickly as possible.
“It’s about the community transmission, based on the expert advice,” the Premier told the ABC.